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A new material for solar panels could make them cheaper, more efficient
December 11, 2013
A unique solar panel design made with a new ceramic material points the way to potentially providing sustainable power cheaper, more efficiently and requiring less manufacturing time. It also reaches a four-decade-old goal of discovering a bulk photovoltaic material that can harness energy from visible and infrared light, not just ultraviolet light.
DOE/Argonne National Laboratory
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